Offering Mindfulness Meditation
in the context of the Buddha’s teachings
in a welcoming community
Saturday, November 10, 10:00am to 4:00pm
As we continue on our spiritual path, wherever we have come from and to wherever we may go, our faith, strength, and sustenance can arise through the bringing all of who we are into our personal journey and to the larger World. This is the experience of Integrity or creating wholeness from the different areas of our lives. And we know intuitively, experientially, and empirically that the Whole is so much greater than the sum of the parts.
Join us to explore cultivating Integrity and Wholeness in our spiritual practice, regardless of external conditions upon us. Open to all levels of meditation—beginners to experienced practitioners. Please bring your lunch and all of who you are into our experience together.
Larry Yang teaches meditation retreats nationally, and has a special interest in creating access to the Dharma for diverse multicultural communities. Larry has practiced meditation for almost 30 years, with extensive time in Burma and Thailand, and a six-month period of ordination as a Buddhist monk, under the guidance of Ajahn Tong. He is on the Teacher’s Council of Spirit Rock Meditation Center, is one of the core teachers of both East Bay Meditation Center (Oakland) and Insight Community of the Desert. Larry’s book Awakening Together: The Spiritual Practice of Inclusivity and Community was published by Wisdom Publications in October 2017.
A seven part class series, begins Saturday, November 17
The spiritual path we follow in this life calls us to act on our beliefs and aspirations. As we strive to become more mindful through the fundamental practices of lovingkindness and compassion, we grow in our awareness of the attachments that hold us back from attainment of the spiritual goals of peace and freedom. Our journey challenges our deep-rooted learning and unconscious beliefs. Privilege and our unconscious assumptions and behavior around privilege result in harmful actions to communities of color who do not share the same benefits and privileges of being white in this society. Insight Community of the Desert is committed to creating and all-inclusive meditation community in the Coachella Valley. With over three-quarters of the population in Palm Springs identifying as white, we become increasingly aware of the work that needs to be done to create an all-inclusive and welcoming meditation community.
These are difficult and challenging times in our nation and community. We have seen the political fueling of racial tensions through the overt actions of a variety of white supremacist organizations and groups. The path of the Buddha calls us to become aware – aware of our thoughts and actions that are not mindful of ourselves and others. Furthermore the Buddha called us to a life of compassion and loving kindness through the development of awareness. This is not a path of separateness or exclusivity. It is a path of inclusion- a path that is open and welcoming to everyone.
Waking up White is a 7 part course of commitment and dedication to understanding ourselves as white members of society. The course challenges us to examine how our position of privilege impacts the lives of others who do not share that same privilege. The course will challenge our fundamental beliefs in an open, transparent and safe environment of learning and change. The course will offer readings and interactive exercises which will stimulate the mind and enable us to wake up together in our efforts to build an inclusive community for meditation, care, and loving support.
Open to all ICD sangha and UUCOD congregants, this in-depth program meets seven Saturday mornings (9:30-12:00), starting November 17 and ending on March 16.
Weekly Sit and Dharma talk:
Sundays 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Meditation as Refuge: (open to all)
Tuesdays 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Peer Led silent sit:
Wednesdays 5:30pm – 6:15pm
Intro to meditation:
First Sunday of each month, 3:00pm
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Intro to meditation: First Sunday of the month at 3:00pm
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Our center is centrally located between downtown Palm Springs and the airport.
1111 E. Tahquitz Canyon Way
Building C, 2nd Floor
Palm Springs, CA 92262